Comedian and political commentator Bill Maher, during the taping of last night’s episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, was dealt the unfortunate hand of having to deal with numerous raucous audience members spouting 9/11 conspiracy theories.
Maher, known for his controversial take on current events, said that his view of the 9/11 attacks are “the only time I defend [President] Bush.”
As the Associated Press reports,
[9/11 conspiracy theorists] often linger outside his studio to share 9/11 conspiracy theories with [Maher] and try to get into the show.
On how he dealt with the situation:
Maher was talking science during one of his weekly panel discussions when a protester in his audience stood up, held up a smuggled-in sign reading “9/11 is a cover up fraud” and shouted comments to the same effect.
The host tried to shout down the audience member, who only became more agitated.
“Do we have some (expletive) security in this building,” Maher yelled, “or do I have to come down there and kick his (expletive)?”
When security reached the man’s aisle and the man resisted leaving, Maher ran into the seats and helped them push him out the door, shouting “Out! Out! Out!”
Several other protesters, sprinkled throughout the audience, then stood up and shouted.
While Maher could have not let the issue get to him, the way he handled the situation had to have been retribution for all of the athletes who have been heckled or have had objects thrown at them by fans, and for all of the celebrities who have been stalked — almost all of them not retaliating (you know who you are… Milton Bradley).
The video is up on YouTube, but it’ll probably be taken down, so catch it while you still can.